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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

No breathing space for Miliband and Labour

23 November 2014 10:06

This was meant to be the weekend when Ed Miliband got some ‘breathing space’, a chance to recover after the last torrid few weeks. But his—and his party’s—troubles are still… Continue reading

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The politician who can fill a venue quicker than Kylie

22 November 2014 14:45

What’s the most significant political story of the week, Ukip winning Rochester or Emily Thornberry’s resignation? Well, I suspect, it might be neither of them and that the really big… Continue reading

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Thanks to Emily Thornberry’s resignation, the biggest losers from Rochester were Labour

21 November 2014 13:50

Walk round the Commons today and it is striking that Tory MPs are in relatively good spirits while Labour ones looks distinctly more downcast. At first this seems odd, after… Continue reading

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Ukip on course for victory in Rochester – but no Tory panic

21 November 2014 0:23

Counting is underway in the Rochester and Strood by-election and the early indications are that Ukip has won the seat on a turnout slightly over 50%. The result is expected… Continue reading

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Emily Thornberry resigns over Rochester Tweet

20 November 2014 22:32

Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow Cabinet for sending a Tweet that appeared to mock a Rochester voter who was flying several St George’s Cross from their window and… Continue reading

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Cameron and Miliband exchange insults at PMQs

19 November 2014 13:44

PMQs is in a rut. The exchanges between Cameron and Miliband now descend into the trading of insults even faster than they did before and both sides simply use PMQs… Continue reading

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How worried should the West be about Russia?

17 November 2014 18:22

The most sobering column you’ll read today is the FT’s Gideon Rachman, no doom monger, warning about the risk of a nuclear war. Rachman is concerned about how quick Vladimir… Continue reading

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Why Rochester won’t provide much relief for Labour

16 November 2014 10:12

Thursday can’t come soon enough for shadow Cabinet loyalists. They believe that the Rochester by-election will provide Ed Miliband with some ‘breathing space’ and turn the spotlight on David Cameron’s… Continue reading

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Hammond tries to thread the needle on EU immigration

15 November 2014 11:53

Philip Hammond’s interview in The Telegraph this morning is striking for several reasons. First, Hammond admits that Britain isn’t going to regain full control of its borders in the renegotiation.… Continue reading

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Labour’s two biggest problems—and neither of them is Ed Miliband

13 November 2014 11:00

The knives are out again for Ed Miliband this morning. But the Labour leader is the least of his party’s problems. Labour has still not come up with answers to… Continue reading

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You can vote against the government and keep your Number 10 job

12 November 2014 13:57

On Monday night, a member of the Number 10 Policy Board, Peter Lilley, voted against the government. Now, in the past, it has been made clear to the MPs on… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted

9 November 2014 9:49

So far, this is the Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted. The papers this morning are full of awful poll findings for Ed Miliband, negative briefings and on… Continue reading

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The US steps up its involvement in the war for Iraq

8 November 2014 17:40

If you want to know how serious the situation in Iraq with Islamic State is, just look at what the Americans are doing. President Obama, who made his political name… Continue reading

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Osborne gets Britain’s £1.7bn bill halved—and no payments before the election

7 November 2014 13:43

Update: In the last few hours, there has been huge confusion and heated debate over whether the British bill has actually been halved. Click here for the verdict of Open… Continue reading

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Juncker wants more UK money for the EU budget – he could check Luxembourg’s coffers

6 November 2014 10:55

By rights, Jean-Claude Juncker should be in dire political trouble this morning, not lecturing Britain about paying an extra £1.7 billion to the European Commission. Documents obtained by the International… Continue reading

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Miliband corners Cameron on immigration at listless PMQs

5 November 2014 13:59

The Commons has a rather listless feel to it at the moment. Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband’s strategy was to get David Cameron to… Continue reading

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Norman Baker quits as a Home Office minister

3 November 2014 23:31

Norman Baker has resigned as a Home Office minister tonight. Baker has quit, blaming the difficulties of working with Theresa May and the squeeze that ministerial office has put on… Continue reading

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The bluffing game between Cameron and Merkel begins…

3 November 2014 14:55

We should all get used to reading stories about how Angela Merkel has warned David Cameron that if he persists with X, Y or Z she’ll no longer be able… Continue reading

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What Tory MPs remember from their away day

2 November 2014 12:21

Two things have stuck in Tory MPs’ minds from their away. The first, that painting of George Osborne. The second, Jim Messina’s presentation and his confidence that the Tories would… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond shows how the SNP will fight Labour in 2015

1 November 2014 9:06

Talk to senior Labour figures about the polls that show them losing 30 or more seats in Scotland, and they say two things. The first is that these polls have… Continue reading

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Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution?

30 October 2014 16:01

I suspect that the Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow tonight won’t feel like much of a gala. The Scottish Labour party is in crisis: its leader has quit attacking… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy has what Scottish Labour needs: energy, fearlessness and the ability to win

29 October 2014 22:01

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Continue reading

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David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than expected, it would have been a political headache for David… Continue reading

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A double strength headache for Miliband

25 October 2014 8:35

Johann Lamont and Tony Blair don’t have much in common. But they are both causing Ed Miliband trouble this morning.   I suspect that those close to Miliband are relieved… Continue reading

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Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December

24 October 2014 14:55

A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading

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